Tenor James Daniel Frost (CMVT), Associate Professor of Voice and Director of the Opera Theatre since 2007 at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After his professional debut as Goro in the Knoxville Civic Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly, he was engaged to portray numerous character tenor roles at theaters in the United States (Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Central City Opera, Washington Opera – Kennedy Center, Boston Lyric Opera, a. o.).
In 1987 Mr. Frost became a member of the Stadttheater Hildesheim ensemble in Hildesheim, Germany. Performing for 20 years in Europe, he portrayed more than 120 roles in various European opera houses (Oper Leipzig, Oper der Stadt Bonn, Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck and the Edinburgh Festival, a. o.), singing a wide range of roles from the lyric and Spieltenor repertoire from Monteverdi to Hindemith to Wagner (for example: Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer, David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Hexe in Hänsel und Gretel, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, a. o.).
Mr. Frost is often heard on the concert stage and has sung works composed by Bach, Händel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Britten and Weill, to name a few. A very versatile performer, Mr. Frost has also portrayed many roles in the Musical Theater genre, such as the MC in Cabaret, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Charlie in Brigadoon, Osgood Fielding III inSugar, a. o. His most recent portrayals were in the Scenic City Opera’s production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio as Belmonte and he was the stage director and sang the role of Gabriel Eisenstein in the Artisti Affamati Opera Company’s production of Die Fledermaus in Chattanooga, Tennessee.